1634: The Galileo Affair (The 1632 Universe) [NOOK Book]


The Epic Struggle of Freedom and Justice
Against the Tyrannies of the 17th Century Continues,
as European Cunning Meets American Courage!

The Thirty Years War continues to ravage 17th century Europe, but a new force is gathering power and influence: the Confederated Principalities of Europe, an alliance between Gustavus Adolphus, King of Sweden, and the West Virginians ...
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1634: The Galileo Affair (The 1632 Universe)

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The Epic Struggle of Freedom and Justice
Against the Tyrannies of the 17th Century Continues,
as European Cunning Meets American Courage!

The Thirty Years War continues to ravage 17th century Europe, but a new force is gathering power and influence: the Confederated Principalities of Europe, an alliance between Gustavus Adolphus, King of Sweden, and the West Virginians from the 20th century led by Mike Stearns who were hurled centuries into the past by a mysterious cosmic accident. The democratic ideals of the CPE have aroused the implacable hostility of Cardinal Richelieu, effective ruler of France, who has moved behind the scenes, making common cause with old enemies to stop this new threat to the privileged and powerful. But the CPE is also working in secret. A group of West Virginians have secretly traveled to Venice where their advanced medical knowledge may prevent the recurrence of the terrible plague which recently killed a third of the city-state's population. At the same time, the group hopes to establish commercial ties with Turkey's Ottoman Empire, then at the height of its power. And, most important, they hope to establish private diplomatic ties with the Vatican, exploiting Pope Urban VIII's misgivings about the actions of Richelieu and the Hapsburgs. But a Venetian artisan involved with the West Virginians may cause all their plans to come to naught. Having read 20th century history books of the period, he has become determined to rescue Galileo from his trial for heresy. The Americans are divided on whether to help him or stop him—and whether he succeeds or fails, the results may be catastrophic for the CPE.

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940148409922
  • Publisher: Baen
  • Publication date: 4/1/2004
  • Series: 1632 Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 688
  • Sales rank: 67,296
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Eric Flint is the author of the New York Times best seller 1634: The Galileo Affair (with Andrew Dennis)—a novel in his top-selling "Ring of  Fire" alternate  history series. His first novel for Baen, Mother of Demons, was picked by Science Fiction Chronicle as a best novel of the year. His 1632, which launched the ring of Fire series, won widespread critical praise, as from Publishers Weekly, which called him "an SF author of particular note, one who can entertain and edify in equal, and major measure." A longtime labor union activist with a master's degree in history, he currently resides in northwest Indiana with his wife Lucille.
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  • Posted February 23, 2009

    When "what if..." becomes reality

    First of all, DON'T START BY READING THIS BOOK! Find "1632" and read IT so you know the premise of the series. And then get every book and read them all.

    The history is excellent---it is likely that even history buffs are going to learn a few things. The science, too, is top-notch, which probably is not surprising. The total surprise, though, is that the coverage of religion is also excellent. The authors have gone out of their way to give accurate, fair, and unbiased representations of the different ways that religion played its major role in history...and this is rarely the case in science fiction/fantasy/alternate history.

    Great characters, funny lines, strong story. Highly recommended!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2006

    Good but not up to previous books in series

    Too much mundane items covered here without any connection to the previous books. Good but just not what was expected....You will have to wait until two other books are published to continue where the previous ones left off. The Baltic War and Escape from the Tower.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2004

    Great installment in this series

    Two forces are at work in 1633-1634 Europe as the Thirty Year War devastates much of the continent. In Germany, the twentieth century West Virginia transplants forge the United States of Europe based on the principle of democracy. On the other extreme resides powerful Cardinal Richelieu who wishes to dominate a European theocracy. He knows that this ¿Grantville¿ is a threat to his ambitions especially those alliances with Sweden and the Ottomans....................................... Pope Urban VIII welcomes the displaced Americans who come to Venice to stop the plague from spreading and to offer an alliance with His Holiness. Urban sees this group as a potential counterpoint to the growing influence of Richelieu and considers that odd thinking Roman Catholic priest amongst them could defend Galileo at his upcoming heresy trial. Though the Americans are split on whether to aid the beleaguered astronomer, Cardinal Richelieu has plans to discredit them regardless of what they intend to do............................. This alternate history series is already one of the best around and each new entry appears better than the previous one, a seemingly impossible feat. 1634: the GALILEO AFFAIR is a terrific tale that provides the audience with a combo slapstick historical techno-thriller that brings to light an intriguing era, but does it with anachronisms and humor. Galileo¿s theories are placed in a different light than that taught in school adding to the overall mercurial splendor. The ending must have come from ¿It¿s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World¿ as Eric Flint and Andrew Dennis insure nothing remains sacred within their retelling of the seventeenth century.......................... Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2004

    Not a Good Sequel

    It started out as an outstanding alternative history with '1632' (5 stars), then slipped a bit with '1633' (4 stars) but the flow of the tale continued. The '1634' sequel does not have much in common with previous two books and it could be said that it simply borrowed a few players for a tale about the Inquisition and Galileo and in order to sell the book it also got a sequential number to follow '1633'. This book escapes the 'Poor' rating simply because there were a few chapters in it that were enjoyable. The two previous books held one's attention while this one easily lets you be distracted. One can only hope that there will be an eventual return to the captivating story line that was started in the '1632' novel. If not, then it is an other good story line that went nowhere.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2004

    Excellent Alternative History

    This is the fourth in what is perhaps the best Alternative History series, trailing the cast of the first book, 1632, several years into the future. In this book, while facing foes under the direction of Cardinal Richelieu and the Habsburgs, the people from the future find they must deal with the Papacy which is undergoing a crisis. What is the crisis? Not a big one for them, but the heresy trial of one Galileo Galilei. A group of Americans from the present and past visit Venice and then Rome in an attempt to win friends. They deal with a few historical figures who are richly played, Mazzarini (who in our time line become Cardinal Mazarin), Pope Urban, and a variety of others. As usual, the plot is rich in detail, the characters interesting. Tom Stoner ('Stoner') is one of the more enjoyable characteris Flint has used and the several fun romances make this book a delight. If you like Alternative History at all, this series is for you.

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